Former England bowler and commentator Isa Guha praised the captain in his place, Ajinkya Rahane, for leading the India team to a promising victory in the Boxing Day test against Australia in Melbourne on Tuesday.
Rahane stepped into Virat Kohli’s skin after the latter returned home after the first test to be with his wife and family for the birth of his first child. Rahane destroyed a hundred game winners and made some key changes to the team’s bowling formats and field placements to outscore the Australians in their own den. These cumulative decisions helped India beat Australia by 8 packs and draw 1-1.
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Speaking to Sports Today, Guha said Rahane kept his composure throughout the game and made sure tourists didn’t panic over Adelaide’s horror.
“If there is anyone to calm the dressing room and make sure that India does not panic after the devastation of Adelaide, it will be Ajinkya Rahane. With Virat Kohli leaving home and India losing to Mohammed Shami, India still reunited incredibly well.
“Ajinkya Rahane has a calm air of confidence in him. It has been successful several times in the past, but it has not evolved as well as we would have liked in recent years. He was able to drive the way he did it, especially with his performance, he was incredibly measurable. It was not like his previous century at G when he scored with a higher strike rate. He was much more disciplined, he left balls outside the hub. He gave himself time and, finally, when the ball was there to be hit, he hit it, “Isa Guha told Sports Today.
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The cricketer turned commentator further described the difference between Kohli’s leadership and Rahane’s. She explained how tourists pushed for something special to beat Australia.
“There were some difficult moments, some of the photos I saw were incredibly elegant and embody the man. Virat Kohli leads in his way, Rahane leads in his own way through his character, who is calmer and more reserved. He delegated for the rest of the team, we got the atmosphere that it was a galvanized group, because Virat Kohli was not there and they knew they had to bring out something special in order to defeat Australia and you can only do that as a team “, said Isa Guha .